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How do I avoid getting a cauliflower ear while practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

A common precaution is to wear wrestling headgear, which is designed to protect the ears, while practicing. Cauliflower ear is caused by impacts or rubbing on the ear. Headgear will reduce both of ...
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Disabled BJJ - worth a try?

Adaptive Jiu Jitsu It is definitely possible to train and progress in BJJ with a spinal cord injury. Pete McGregor has the following advice when looking for a place to train: I will note that my ...
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Unexpected vs expected hits to sensitive areas

Parlor tricks Just about all of the demonstrations along these lines you will see are set up in such a way that the force is not applied the way you think. Breaking sticks over back? Notice that ...
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What are generally non-lethal stab areas on the body?

Erm...it is really hard to stab someone once so that it is lethal within, say, 30 Minutes. People can go on fighting with 10+ stab wounds for quite some time and the rib cage is quite a good ...
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Why is blindness or eye rupture not more common in boxing or MMA?

As per "Eye Trauma in Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing" and "The Trouble With Having Fun: Eye and Head Trauma From Sports", boxing and MMA are not devoid of eye injuries. In total ...
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"Lighter" but effective martial art

So you have two qualities you're looking for in a martial art: It shouldn't put you in a position where you have to really fight your way out (because you have an injured back that won't be able to ...
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Getting back up after getting knocked down: How to recover quickly and get rid of the dizziness?

If you are sparring hard and you get hit, you don't have the time to pause and call your family doctor. I want to know how experts (i.e., those who have serious sparring experience) deal with this. I'...
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Does practising judo increase the likelihood of sustaining a brain injury?

According to the following paper, Injuries in judo: a systematic literature review including suggestions for prevention: severe injuries in judo are rare, but when they do occur they are mostly to ...
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How to avoid knee pain/injury during Shikko waza?

Bad knees If you have bad knees, as in medical professional has told you they are bad, then you should avoid any exercise that damages them further. Your coach/teacher should modify the exercises so ...
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How risky is it to practice grappling martial arts (eg Jiu Jitsu) with a weakened arm bone?

That sounds like a great question for your doctor! Honestly, that's who you should be talking to about this. Your doctor can do a bone density scan and look over your medical history to know exactly ...
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Help for Cauliflower Ear

In the US, the proper doctor to see is an Ear-Nose-Throat (ENT) specialist. I went to a regular primary care physician with the suspicion of cauliflower ear, and they sent me away because they did not ...
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How do you interact with treatment providers who are unfamiliar with martial arts following an injury?

ACL tears can end athletic careers. Although treatment has improved over the years, there is no guarantee that you can fully recover from an ACL tear. In your previous question, I linked a news ...
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How do you interact with treatment providers who are unfamiliar with martial arts following an injury?

I was in a similar situation a few years ago, when I had a complete rupture of my right Achilles tendon. I was fairly lucky in that I had a medical group on my insurance plan that also caters to the ...
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How likely is it to get killed by a hopping side kick?

Lots of people fight full contact (muay thai, kickboxing, and full-contact karate systems like kyokushin) for years and take blows like this regularly - if the guys got up at the time and seemed ok, ...
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Why numerous martial artists break their legs while throwing roundhouse kicks to opponent's legs?

There isn't really a "mistake", it's more of an unfortunate confluence of events. Any site that claims it takes X lbs of pressure to break a bone are sort of misleading. There are ...
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Can spinal injury occur from rear naked choke

If you are uncomfortable with something that is happening to you, then tap. If your partner taps, then stop and let go with no questions asked. All questions wait until after disengagement. This is ...
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Dementia Pugilistica and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: How to know when to call it quits?

Currently there's no diagnostic assay for CTE. There's no treatment, nor is there any cure, either. According to Alzheimer's Association, the symptoms of CTE include: Memory loss. Confusion. ...
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Is there a mathematical model of how much force is applied to joints during various tae kwon do activities?

If you want mathematical models for forces on human joints, I think the place to look is biomedical engineering. I doubt they have models specifically for tae kwon do, but they should have validated ...
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Disabled BJJ - worth a try?

I trained with disabled people: missing arms; wheel chair bound ME; and blind. Any good instructor will modify what they teach to suit your condition. With that in mind, go find a good school (not ...
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When a fighter becomes unconscious in competition, what usually happens to them before they are medically clear to train and fight again?

Any sanctioned event will have event medical staff on hand to revive competitors immediately if they do not regain consciousness on their own. Medical staff may recommend hospital treatment. There are ...
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Kick-to-elbow injuries are very common in our school

Yes, it can be super painful when your opponent blocks your kick with his elbow. It can happen deliberately or accidentally. To me, it doesn't matter which, because the problem is solved the same way ...
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Are the majority of martial arts injuries from people returning to training after a break?

There is a truth in there, however... it sounds like your instructor either didn't understand fully what was going on or had it explained incorrectly. Re-injury in sports in general I don't know if ...
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TKD routines at home for a 60 year old male

I would see a cardiologist and your own doctor, since each person might have unique things that you might not have mentioned, but which are important to consider. For example, do you have arthritis, ...
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What self defense would everyone recommend to a fighter forced to fight with two broken fist?

Before getting to your question, I'd recommend an art and practice routine that teaches how to form a proper fist and condition it so it won't break easily during a fight. IMHO, practice with heavy ...
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"Lighter" but effective martial art

Your two goals are (almost) anathema to each other. However, there are a few martial arts that would help if you can find them where you live: anything that uses weapons. Fencing, kendo/kenjutsu/...
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Can hitting a heavy bag lead to wrist or finger arthritis?

I don't think that there are enough studies on this idea, but I'd use common sense to say, 'yes, it definitely can.' But the better you wrap your hands and wrist with proper hand wraps and gloves, you ...
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Disabled BJJ - worth a try?

I don't think we can tell you whether or not you're able to do a BJJ class. I think that's something you're going to have to try and see for yourself. If I were you, I'd call up a BJJ school I like, ...
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Is weight class related to injury risk in combat sports like MMA or boxing?

This appears true as measured by brain damage in boxers. The following is the excerpt from the "A neurologist's reflections on boxing. V. Conclude remarks." by Unterharnscheidt F. Clinical and ...
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Thigh kicks vs calf kicks, which are more dangerous?

Kicks to the calf aren't generally going to do as much damage as kicks to the thigh. That's because of two reasons: 1) The thigh is less mobile. And 2) The thigh has more mass and is a bigger target. ...
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Why numerous martial artists break their legs while throwing roundhouse kicks to opponent's legs?

So far, doing a casual check, I've found two cases of MMA fighters breaking their leg on a checked leg kick, and at least two of people having their legs broken by receiving a leg kick, so the record ...
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